When it comes to children’s books there are plenty of offerings from which to choose. In an attempt to feature a few standouts, here’s a peek at some recent releases that capture the spirit of play, adventure and fun for kids and parents alike. From bears, dogs and ladybugs to construction equipment and farm tractors, these stories help inspire our imaginations and take us to magical places where we can explore together.
Otis & The Tornado by Loren Long
Written and illustrated by Loren Long, who created the book Otis and the Puppy. “Otis the tractor and his friends on the farm enjoy playing games like follow-the-leader. The resident bull, however, has no interest in playing and stays in his pen, where he delights in intimidating the other animals. Suddenly the summer day turns frightening: the birds stop chirping, the wind picks up, and the sky turns dark and stormy. It’s a tornado! Otis rouses a game of follow-the-leader to get all of the farm animals safe and sound in the dried-up riverbanks of Mud Creek. But Otis hears a cry in the distance – it’s the bull, still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day. This adventure is a perfect accompaniment to any Otis lover’s bookshelf and story time.” — from author’s/publisher’s description of book on Amazon.com .
Ladybug Girl and Her Mama
The latest in the New York Times bestselling series of Ladybug Girl books. “Ladybug Girl loves her mama, and can’t wait to spend the day with her. They plant flowers in the garden, share a special lunch, and enjoy a favorite movie. Together-time has never been so sweet. David Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband-and-wife creative team. They write the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl books together and David Soman illustrates. The books are inspired by their own children and family experiences. Jacky Davis has worked in publishing as well as in television. David Soman teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. They live with their children in upstate New York.” — from author’s/publisher’s description of book on Amazon.com .
Goodnight Construction Site
The New York Times bestseller about what happens on a construction site after the sun goes down. “As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.” — from author’s/publisher’s description of book at www.barnesandnoble.com
Adriano il Cane di Pompei – Hadrian Dog of Pompeii
“A delightful story of a special dog and the magical place he calls home. Follow Hadrian the Dog of Pompeii amid famous ruins and friendly tourists, and experience the adventure that changed his life. Discover more about Pompeii in the historical sections of the book and the location map. Suitable for all children with a love of animals, and for parents and educators seeking an entertaining way to introduce the subjects of travel, history, archeology, and geography. The Italian text followed by the English translation on every page make the book a fun tool for language students and teachers as well. Fully illustrated. Large print.” — from author’s/publisher’s description of book on Amazon.com . This book is part of a bilingual series that includes Ottavia e i Gatti di Roma – Octavia and the Cats of Rome.
Barry’s Wild Ride by Nicholas Hutchinson
In this whimsical tale about a curious bear who lives on the southern coast of Oregon, lessons about friendship and getting along with others blend with brilliantly colored illustrations that capture the spirit of the book’s animal characters and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Barry the Bear lives in his comfortable cave by the ocean. He enjoys watching the surfers ride the waves at the beach and he likes playing with the salmon who swim in the creek near his cave. Barry also practices yoga and plays music with his friends Walter the Weasel and Ollie the Owl. Find out what happens when Barry discovers a redwood log one day and learns how to surf. The book was recently the No. 1 Hot New Release for Children’s Books on Amazon.com . Barry the Bear also offers a colorful wooden jigsaw puzzle.